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The Best School Year Ever (The Herdmans #2)

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The Worst Kids in the History of the World!

When anything goes wrong at Woodrow Wilson Elementary School, from the hexing of Bus Six to the mysterious disappearance of the kindergarten gerbil, it's sure to have a Herdman behind it. The Herdmans are more than famous -- they're outlaws. They smoke cigars, lie, and set fire to things, and that's only when they bother to come t
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Paperback, 176 pages
Published April 12th 2005 by HarperCollins (first published 1994)
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Matt
Dec 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s
The sequel to one of my favourite childhood books, when the Herdmans take over the Christmas Pageant at church and retell this most famous story.

In this book, the Herdmans remain the worst behaved family in town. What's worse is that they all attend Woodrow Wilson School. Robinson tells of the antics of this horrid family throughout a school year, from hazing to smoking cigars and even forcing children to undertake back-alley orthodontics. When the teacher sets out a year-long project of choosin
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Michael
Oct 06, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2008
Growing up, one of my favorite books was Barbara Robinson's "The Best Christmas Pagent Ever." I read it at least once a year at Christmas and even convinced by parents to record the one-hour special version from television so we could watch it every year.

Now, I'm older and trying to find good books for my neice and nephew. Pondering the books I read as kid, I thought of "Best Christmas Pagent" and went looking for it at my local library to make sure it was age-appropriate for my niece. And that
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Blake G.
Feb 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My favorite part of this book was when the Herdmans took the baby and put tacktoos on him and charged every one twenty five cents to see the baby. The book reminded me of people like the Herdmans because they would always ruen every thing. I wonder why the Herdmans has such horrible behavior to mess every thing up, my favorite charecters were the teachers and parents because of what the teachers would always tell the students about the teacher room. I will recomend this book to a friend because ...more
A_Cathy
May 20, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story was by Barbara Robinson and performed on playaway by Elaine Stritch. It was approximately three hours long (9 chapters). Mrs. Kemp Beth's fifth grade teacher gives an unusual assignment the first day of school. The assignment is to think of compliments for each person in the class and a few more for the person you are partnered up with. These compliments must be about personal qualities, and/or some special characteristic this person holds. They have the whole year to observe each oth ...more
Andrea
Jan 19, 2011 rated it it was ok
I feel bad I'm only giving this 2 stars because my mom loved it and she gave it to us as a gift for Christmas. Sorry mom. I read it aloud to my children and I know they liked it more than I did. I felt the story line was discombobulated. The narrator referred to past experiences with the "Herdman's" so often that the story line seemed very choppy and at time to only be comprised of many short stories from the past and a few current events in the story.

So the premise of the story is that the main
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Sam T
Dec 11, 2014 added it
I absolutely loved this book. Sometimes you pick up a fantastic book that you can not put down. I was a little sad after, not having another book.
This book took place at a school, in present time. It was interesting to see that the Herdmans (6) passed there class on, how stupid they are. This shows that if you try you can pass your classes.
This book has a lot of stupid actions, this book had good detail. So, I enjoyed it. The part of this book that I did not enjoy was when the Herdmans used p
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Nishi Banker
Oct 02, 2015 rated it it was ok
I did not like the book that much because it was not adventurous.
Joseph
May 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
i liked it a lot
Mr. Gottshalk
Feb 27, 2017 rated it liked it
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Shan
Feb 25, 2015 rated it liked it
My teacher in elementary school read Barbara Robinson's The Best Christmas Pageant Ever to the class one year and we all loved it and couldn't wait each day for story time to find out what happened next. Many years later I remembered loving hearing all about the notorious Herdman kids and all their adventures. I found an old copy of it and shared it with my mom, my sister, and several friends. I did not even know Robinson had written any other Herdman stories. When I found out there were in fact ...more
Maureen Milton
I read this short, funny, episodic novel with my 12-year-old and we both enjoyed it thoroughly. Taking place over the course of their 6th grade year, the stories focus on the narrator Beth's classmate, Imogene, one of the Herdmans, who "told lies and smoked cigars and set fire to things and hit little kids and cursed and stayed away from school whenever they wanted to and wouldn't learn anything when they were there." In the 6th grade, the teacher assigns "Compliments for Classmates" and, while ...more
Elisabeth
Jan 13, 2014 added it
Shelves: books-i-own

The Worst Kids in the History of the World!

When anything goes wrong at Woodrow Wilson Elementary School, from the hexing of Bus Six to the mysterious disappearance of the kindergarten gerbil, it's sure to have a Herdman behind it. The Herdmans are more than famous — they're outlaws. They smoke cigars, lie, and set fire to things, and that's only when they bother to come to school!

Then a school project forces the students to think of compliments for all their classmates — including the Herdmans.

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Mary Kate
Feb 26, 2017 rated it liked it
- Review for, "The Best School Year Ever," by Barbara Robinson.

I found this book for sale at my local library, and for my quarter, this was quite a gift! This book is really a collection of past stories, and cantankerously funny events, in an attempt to make you crack a grin. I found the writing vague, but entertaining--the exact thing most kids will be looking for in a short story to break away from boredom.

"Her bubbles were so big and so thin you could see her whole face through the bubble, li
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Katri
Feb 04, 2015 rated it did not like it
This is another book from my son's "battle of the books" list that I'm reading along with him. Maybe I would've enjoyed this book as a kid, but I hated it as an adult. I could only read one chapter at a time, and then I had to take a few days break from it.

I'm sure kids think the stories are hilarious, but I found them annoying. And sad--the stories are all about the Herdman family and how these kids mess everything up or just do really crazy things, most of which are not good. But these kids c
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Robert
I am a fan of another book in this series (The Best Christmas Pageant Ever). I purchased a copy of that book for each of my students for Christmas this year. I thought I would prime them by reading this book first.

Like a lot of series for children, this book was alike. The problem is just like "A Christmas Story 2"; the author tried to re-capture the magic by replicating the story later. This wasn't nearly as magical as the first offering. It felt forced.

The moral, as it were, wasn't a lesson. W
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Jennifer
Aug 25, 2014 rated it liked it
Cute and funny. I read this book for a mother/daughter book club. My daughter and I both enjoyed the book but I was let down that there was no real resolution. With the dysfunction of the Herdman family, I needed to see a light at the end of the tunnel but there didn't really seem to be one which turned a funny children's book into a depressing children's book in my mind. (My nine year old daughter did not see it that way though. And since she is really the target audience, I guess that speaks v ...more
Briana Thompson
Feb 26, 2015 rated it liked it
This book is a great sequel to The best Christmas Ever, I read the Best Christmas Ever but never this one which is why i chose it. It starts out with an assignment already written on the board telling the students that they have an entire year to find compliments for everyone and maybe a couple extra for their partner, this task seems easy enough until you are partnered with some rather troublesome students like the Herdmans.
Jessa Julian
Jan 20, 2016 rated it liked it
I definitely enjoyed this book! it has been a long time since I have read something so silly and so perfect for young readers.
NebraskaIcebergs
Oct 01, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: own
Although kids apparently like this book best of the stories about the Herdmans, I noticed more flaws. When trying to write this sequel, Robinson struggled to find a focus. Then one boy suggested she put the Herdmans in school, because after all this is where students spend most of their time. The first chapter therefore starts at Woodrow Wilson School. The chapter is a rambling one, which picks up only when Miss Kemp assigns the class to study one another. Narrator Beth Bradley, about whom we le ...more
Eliza
Nov 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
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The Herdmans!!! I mean, they may get into a lot of trouble and disbehave a little (lot) but they are so fun and creative and you can tell they just need someone to love them and give them attention. And they may occasionally remind me of me and my siblings....

I love that they all had to come up with at least one compliment for each student in their class-including the Herdmans.

Imogene Herdman finally showing a little bit of kindness towards someone by protecting baby Howard and not letting
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Kathryn
Aug 17, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Children and Teachers
Shelves: childrens-books
When I finished reading this book aloud to my 3rd grade students most students gave it 5 stars.

Here's why students and teachers can enjoy this book. It's funny! It's full of moments that will get the kids groaning, laughing, and shrieking with surprise.

The kids love the Herdmans and who wouldn't they are memorable characters.

I found it to be a great read aloud for my students for the beginning of the year because it gives a great kid perspective to school and encourages kids to think about the
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Riley
May 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The heardmans are back and worse then ever! The herdmans have this funky cat that has one eye and the cat is so mean!They let the cat go places and if they tell the cat to attack then he will attack. Now they lie smoke cigars and they cheat and steal and do whatever they can to get out of trouble. they are the dirtiest kids you will ever meet. they are uncontrollabe they dont listen. they are the famous kids in there town. they could be your next biggest night mare. they set fire to everything t ...more
Nicolette
Feb 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is such a cute book! I was literally laughing out loud as I read it! I even shared some of the things that happened in the book with my sister and she got a good laugh as well. The story had qualities a young reader could totally learn from. It was a story in the perspective of a little sixth grade girl named Beth. She goes to school with kids from a family called the Herdmans. These kids terrorize the school, the town, and just about everyone in it. No one seems to like this family, and on ...more
Heidi-Marie
Good book. Funny. A bunch of little Herdman anecdotes with still a good moral at the end that was easier for me to see coming. I think that is because I'm older now and am so familiar with the original book (and movie). It's not the best book ever written, but if you are a fan of the first book you just can't pass up the sequel! So glad I saw this on the shelf.

BTW: It really should not have taken me so long to read this book. In fact, I worked at a fairly steady pace--considering my current trou
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Cliffside Park Public Library (NJ)
This book was about the Herdman family's children entering a brand new school year. These children were considered to be the outlaws in the school. The students were assigned a project from the teacher. They all had to come up with one compliment about each student in the class including the Herdmans. The students had to overlook the Herdmans unusual behavior to see something good in them. This was very hard to do for the students in the class. I would recommend this book for children to read. I ...more
Abby Hagan
Feb 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
I recently read The Best School Year Ever by Barbara Robinson. I thought it was a very good book! The book is about this family who is full of trouble. There are five kids and they all are very bad, and get kicked out of a lot of places! Most kids don't like them...because they are mean nasty kids. If you read this book, you will laugh out loud!

I gave this book four stars, becasue I really enjoyed reading it, and I couldn't put it down! This book was so full of laughter, and it was such a gre
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Samantha
Nov 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, juvenile
This is a very special book for me, this was the first book I read that I actually enjoyed. Those who know me might be surprised to know that I didn't always like reading, in fact I kind of loathed it. I read books for school, but nothing I enjoyed. I was probably in the sixth grade when I picked this book up. I remember this light bulb moments where I thought "Oh my gosh! This reading thing can actually be enjoyable!" Ever since then I've been a big reader, I seem to get more veracious as the y ...more
Jared
Feb 14, 2011 rated it liked it
This is a funny book for 3rd or 4th graders, about the crazy Herdman kids who get into all kinds of trouble. The cover says "The hilarious sequel to The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" which is mostly accurate. It is pretty funny at times, but just a little to outrageous for me, as the Herdman's antics come so quickly and so fast. I also felt that the ending didn't quite feel very complete to me. It just kind of stopped. It's been a long time since I've read or seen the movie for TBCPE, but I suspe ...more
Christine
I listened to this one as an audio book what feels like ages ago. It is not quite as excellent as The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, but still a great children's story. In this second installment, the students have a whole school year to come up with compliments for their classmates and Beth struggles to find nice things to say about trouble-maker Imogene Herdman. As with the first book, there is always a lesson to be learned. This one might not be quite as universally appealing as the Christmas b ...more
Saejean
Dec 12, 2013 rated it it was ok
I really don't like this book (and I like most little kid novels). One of my students, who always had something to say, lost a lot of interest during this book, and at the end I asked him why he didn't like it. He basically said there was nothing happening. There's a lot of little kid voice rambling, but I don't really understand why because it doesn't move the story forward at all. The kids did really like to talk about how bad the Hendersons(?) were, but they weren't even all that interested w ...more
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